The "George Washington" Monument





Setting the cap stone on the Washington Monument

On Saturday, the 6th day of December 1884, the marble capstone, which completed the shaft, was cemented and set.  At its cap, or peak, it is five inches in diameter. On the cap was placed a metal finial (tip, point, or small pyramid) of aluminum, a composition metal which resembles polished silver, and which was selected because of its lightness and freedom from oxidation, and because it will always remain bright. Shortly after noon a flag floated from the giddy height, and a salute of booming cannon by Hannaman's District Artillery was fired and screeching whistles announced the completion of the Washington Monument. The aluminum finial was bolted onto the capstone key-way.

As the sun's light touches the Washington's apex, the pyramid ion beacons the true symbol of our Nation. A pure white obelisk selfless built to Honor the Founder of Our Republic, and Praise Our Creator until the ends of time.


There are 2 windows on each of the four sides of the observation floor. Each window provides a spectacular view of Washington.  There are photos at the base of the window that describe what you are looking at.

On the aluminum cap, atop the Washington Monument in Washington DC, are displayed two words: Laus Deo.  No one can see these words.  In fact, most visitors to the monument are totally unaware they are even there and for that matter, probably couldn't care less.  Once you know Laus Deo's history, you will want to share this with everyone you know.  I do!  But these words have been there for many years; they are 555 feet, 5.125 inches high, perched atop the monument, facing skyward to the Father of our nation, overlooking the 69 square miles which comprise the District of Columbia, capital of the United States of America.
Laus Deo!

   Two seemingly insignificant, un-noticed words.  Out of sight and, one might think, out of mind, but very meaningfully placed at the highest point over what is the most powerful city in the most successful nation in the world.

  So, what do those two words, in Latin, comprised of just four syllables and only seven letters, possibly mean?

  Very simply, they say "Praise be to God!"
[Laus is Praise be and Deo means God]

Though construction of this giant obelisk began in 1848, when James Polk was President of the United States, it was not until 1888 that the monument was inaugurated and opened to the public.  It took twenty five years to finally cap the memorial with a tribute to the Father of our nation,
"Laus Deo....Praise be to God!"
From atop this magnificent granite and marble structure, visitors may take in the beautiful panoramic view of the city with it's division into four major segments.  From that vantage point, one can also easily see the original plan of the designer, Pierre Charles  l'Enfant...a perfect cross imposed upon the landscape, with the White House to the north, the Jefferson Memorial is to the south, the Capitol to the east and the Lincoln Memorial to the west.
A cross you ask? 
Why a cross?

  What about separation of church and state?

   Yes, a cross; separation of church and state was not, is not, in the Constitution.
So, read on .  .  .

  How interesting and, no doubt, intended to carry a profound meaning for those who notice.
Praise be to God!

Within the monument itself are 898 steps and 50 landings.  As one climbs the steps and pauses at the landings the memorial stones share a message.  On the 12th Landing is a prayer offered by the City of Baltimore; on the 20th is a memorial presented by some Chinese Christians; on the 24th a presentation made by Sunday School children from New York and Philadelphia quoting Proverbs 10:7, Luke 18:16 and Proverbs 22:6.
Praise be to God!

    When the cornerstone of the Washington Monument was laid on July 4th, 1848, deposited within it were many items including the Holy Bible presented by the Bible Society.
Praise be to God!

   Such was the discipline, the moral direction, the spiritual mood given by the founder and first President of our unique democracy ..."One Nation, Under God."
I am awed by Washington's Prayer for America.
Have you ever read it?
Well now is your unique opportunity, so read on!

"Almighty God;  We make our earnest prayer that Thou wilt keep the United States in Thy holy protection; that Thou wilt incline the hearts of the citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to government; and entertain a brotherly affection
and love for one another and for their fellow citizens of the United States at large."
"And finally that Thou wilt most graciously be pleased to dispose us all to do justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that charity, humility, and pacific temper of mind which were the characteristics of the Divine Author of our blessed religion, and without a humble imitation of whose example in these things we can never hope to be a happy nation.  Grant our supplication, we beseech Thee through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen."
Laus Deo!

As you probably guessed, over 92 percent of Americans like the idea that our Pledge of Allegiance includes the phrase "under God."   It is clear when one studies the history of our great nation, that Washington's America was one of the few countries in all the world established under the guidance, direction and banner of Almighty God, to whom was given all praise, honor and worship by the great men who formed and fashioned her pivotal foundations.

When one stops to observe the inscriptions found in public places all over our nation's capitol, he or she will easily find the signature of God, as it is unmistakably inscribed everywhere you look.  Though many try to disprove and reason, their arguments are weak and easily proven without basis.  Their efforts will forever be in vain; God assures us of that.  Have you noticed as of late, how many more people are coming   together, affirming the fact that this nation was, from the beginning, built on God?
             Any nation that is not built upon God will fail.  The truth is .  .  .
                 We have always been one nation under God!
Laus Deo!
Praise be to God!

    You may forget the width and height of "Laus Deo", it', location, or the architects but no one who reads this will be able to  forget it's meaning, or these words:  "Unless the Lord builds the house its builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain."
(Psalm 127: 1)

Let us remember to do our part, through prayers and sacrifice, to be the  watchmen who stand their guard.  It is hoped you will send this to every child you know; to every sister, brother, father, mother or friend.  They will not find offense, because you  have given them a lesson in history that they probably never learned in school.  With that, be not ashamed, or afraid, but have pity on those who will never see.
Paul D. Templeton
MATO, 47th FSB
"Never run from the enemy, you'll just die tired."




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